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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

October-November 2020

In this edition... 

  • Top story: Recruitment industry will help fuel recovery
  • The view... As Covid-19 is changing the world of work, clients will look to us as experts, says Neil Carberry
  • The intelligence: The end of furlough... what now?
  • The big talking point: As recruiters, are we really doing all we can to move from paying lip service to changing the face of business?
  • Legal update: Back to the office - getting risk assessments right
  • Behind the scenes: Recruiters making a difference
  • Informing brave decisions: Reporting from REC2020

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As Covid-19 is changing the world of work, clients will look to us as experts, says Neil Carberry, REC Chief Executive

As the heat of the summer has cooled off, we’ve started to get a clearer picture of the economic damage caused by Covid-19. As well as the initial shock of the GDP slowdown and collapse in hours worked, we’ve seen redundancies rise as firms reshape themselves for the economy we now have. 

The ending of lockdown has seen the economy bounce back gradually and, with it, the recruitment and staffing market. Temporary hiring was hit less hard than permanent peak-to-trough, and is likely to recover more quickly too, given the level of uncertainty. But job ads rising back above one million (see the REC Jobs Recovery Tracker) and reports from members across the country of a slow and steady path back allow a moment of guarded optimism.

We should also take in how much about work has changed – some of it temporary, some permanent. Clients’ needs are not what they were and the problems they will look to the industry to help them solve are different too.

See the full article in the latest edition of Recruitment Matters